One of the most memorable lines of any movie came from the film Usual Suspects, where actor Kevin Spacey, playing an evil mastermind disguised as a crippled simpleton, said:
“The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.”
This time, Hollywood speaks the truth. It’s easy forget on the soft couch of a sanitized life, but it’s true nonetheless. Recently I found myself unable to sleep because of crippling, physiological fear. I won’t go into the details, but needless to say there was a real and present something against me.
I know, it’s easy to point out the ambiguity of Scripture regarding Satan and conclude he’s a figment of imagination. But even if that’s the case, perhaps they were simply personifying that very real and present something that was against them.
All of this rumbled around in my head all weekend, and then this happened.
Evil is real whether we recognize it or not. Joining God in His victory over evil, however, does require a simple recognition of that real and present something against us.